Behind the scenes of F1's latest mess
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Behind the scenes of F1's latest mess

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With F1 having limped over the line to finalise the 2017 rules package in time to meet its extended deadline, DIETER RENCKEN picks his way through another shambolic week behind the scenes

When it comes to on-track action, Formula 1 has an uncanny knack of extricating itself from its self-inflicted mire. Just consider: no sooner had Formula One Management's CEO Bernie Ecclestone told a major news outlet that "the sport is the worst it has ever been. I wouldn't spend my money to take my family to watch a race. No way", than it miraculously staged four scintillating races in a row.

True, a variety of factors such as duffed starts and questionable reliability aided the cause, as did the almost magnetic-attraction between Red Bulls and Ferraris, but, overall the racing down the order has been world class, and certainly not the worst it's ever been.

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